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There are many in Jamaica who say its most revered athlete remains Dr Arthur Wint MBE - Jamaica's first Olympic gold medallist

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You may think Usain Bolt is the best thing to come out of Jamaica since rum and reggae, but there are many in his homeland who say its most revered athlete remains Dr Arthur Wint MBE.

Adele was named songwriter of the year and said she had her critics to thank

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What a scream: Munch painted four versions of his best-known painting. One sold at auction last month for £74m

American billionaire named as mystery buyer of 'The Scream'

American billionaire Leon Black is the mystery buyer who paid a record $120m (£74m) for Edvard Munch's masterpiece "The Scream" at Sotheby's in May, the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday.

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Let the divorce row begin... Tom Cruise tops Hollywood's rich list with $75m

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Tom Cruise tops the Forbes list, earning $75m in the past year

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Tiger Woods toppled from top of Forbes' sports personality rich list, with David Beckham among top ten

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